By: Jessa Goodworth
On Sunday, March 7, 2010 Rock The House aided in the celebration of the B’nai Mitzvah of 8 women over the age of 80 at Menorah Park-Center of Senior Living. It is a newer tradition that young ladies become a Bat Mitzvah at the age of 12- as boys due. Now, older women who were unable to read torah in their younger years celebrate their Jewish tradition now.
We were honored when Menorah Park called and asked us to participate in this celebration. These 8 inspiring women- Margie Goldfarb (95), Muriel Cohen (85), Pearl Fried (90), Leona Berkowitz (91), Goldie Weiderhorn (85), Roz Gellar (90), Evelyn Kaye (96) and Ida Gordon (84), studied Hebrew for 10 months in order to reach this accomplishment. After the ceremony, the ladies and their families celebrated with music, food, dancing and laughter.
According to The Cleveland Jewish News, one Bat Mitzvah, Pearl Fried, says:
I’m thrilled that I can do what 13-year-old Jewish girls do each week in Temple and have a bat mitzvah. This has been a gift for me, something I never dreamed I would accomplish. It shows you are never too old to learn and that amazing things can happen at any age if you stick around long enough.
Mazel Tov Ladies!